cryptococcosis

noun

cryp·​to·​coc·​co·​sis ˌkrip-tə-(ˌ)kä-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce cryptococcosis (audio)
plural cryptococcoses ˌkrip-tə-(ˌ)kä-ˈkō-(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce cryptococcosis (audio)
: an infectious disease that is caused by a fungus (Cryptococcus neoformans) and is characterized by the production of lesions in subcutaneous tissues, joints, and especially the lungs, brain, and meninges and often by pneumonia or meningitis

Examples of cryptococcosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The classic signs of cryptococcal meningitis develop in between one-quarter and one-third of people with cryptococcosis. Brigid Dwyer, Verywell Health, 2 July 2024 In Africa, for example, cryptococcosis kills more people than tuberculosis, but research into cryptococcosis received just 1 percent of the funding allocated to tuberculosis. Rose Eveleth, Wired, 23 Nov. 2021 To be sure, fungal infections are already more common in warm locations—the rates of a fungus called cryptococcosis, which can be deadly to people with AIDS, can reach 30 percent in Africa, compared to just 5-10 percent in more temperate regions. Rose Eveleth, Wired, 23 Nov. 2021 Notable examples include multiple different species of yeast hybrids that cause the human diseases cryptococcosis and candidiasis. Antonis Rokas, The Conversation, 4 June 2020

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Word History

Etymology

cryptococcus + -osis, after French cryptococcose

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cryptococcosis was in 1916

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“Cryptococcosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryptococcosis. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

cryptococcosis

noun
cryp·​to·​coc·​co·​sis ˌkrip-tə-(ˌ)kä-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce cryptococcosis (audio)
plural cryptococcoses -(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce cryptococcosis (audio)
: an infectious disease that is caused by a fungus of the genus Cryptococcus (C. neoformans) and is characterized by the production of nodular lesions or abscesses in subcutaneous tissues, joints, and especially the lungs, brain, and meninges and often by pneumonia or meningitis

called also torulosis

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